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Norwich gave me the confidence to be a leader of leaders. I have the confidence to step out and be out on my own.

Christopher Albrycht
Norwich Graduate, Class of 2014

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Master of Science in Executive Leadership

Develop a New Leadership Perspective. An Executive One.

Designed for senior leaders seeking a higher level of leadership learning, our program provides an advanced level of leadership theory and application to address the specific challenges faced by senior leaders today. The program recognizes the fluid environment today’s leaders operate and focuses on providing tools to enhance their ability to leverage human capacity to drive strategic results.

Our executive leadership program builds upon your education and experience by providing coursework beyond an MBA or other advanced business degree, aiming to instill a four-dimensional approach to leadership that works with your organizational goals. Courses are designed to enhance your skills in the following dimensions, first in leading the self, then leading others, leading organizations and finally, leading in service.


  • Master of Science
  • Students complete all course offerings.

Why Norwich?

Benefit from a values-based approach to executive leadership development.

Receive personalized attention and guidance from our experienced faculty members, who include consultants, published authors, researchers, and leaders of private, public, and government organizations.

Analyze and learn from real-world leadership challenges.

Join a school with a legacy of developing strong leaders.

Study alongside experienced executive leaders.

Apply to one of four start dates per year.

Quick Info

1 Week Residency

Visit campus for culminating experience

4 Dimensions

Dive into the four areas of leadership

18 Months

Average time to program completion

3 December

Next Start Date

5 November

Application Deadline

Accreditation & Recognition

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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).


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Recognized for academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich University in the top 100 for Regional Universities in the North. Rankings are based on undergraduate programs.


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Online Master of Science in Executive Leadership

Norwich’s 36-credit Master of Science in Executive Leadership program consists of six, 11-week seminars that can be completed in as few as 18 months. Students master one course at a time, with each building on the next to create a strong foundation of knowledge.

Our graduates can:

  • Effectively manage complex change initiatives
  • Confidently lead across organizational lines
  • Leverage data and technology to make strategic decisions in complex systems
  • Transform data and critical information into strategic knowledge and a competitive advantage
  • Demonstrate competency in the following four dimensions of leadership: Leading the Self, Leading Others, Leading Organizations, and Leading in Service.
  • The Science of Self - Leadership Mastery on the Move
    EXL610 6 credit hours

    Senior leaders have high level of accountability to deliver results through people in complex environments with rapid speeds of operation. Learning how to stay resilient to the stress of such a working environment and how to leverage self-awareness to increase the response of followers is at the heart of this seminar.

  • Leading Complex Change
    EXL620 6 credit hours

    Senior leaders are responsible for taking organizations to new levels of productivity, market presence, identity, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and accountability to meet organizational values and vision. The role of the leader is in fact to lead change. This seminar addresses the processes and considerations for leading complex change initiatives in their own organization. Special attention is given to leveraging human capacity for strategic results.

  • Leading Beyond Your Organization
    EXL630 6 credit hours

    Students learn necessity and application of leading beyond the organization, and employing values-based leadership competencies. Specific instruction is given to the dimensions of leading organizations and leading in service to enlarge personal understanding of organizational awareness. Values of humility, empathy and the strength of persuasive communications are applied toward achieving sustainable outcomes aligned with the organization’s vision and strategic plan. Navigating diverse environments by calculating the risks of change initiatives and introducing innovative approaches to organizational challenges is the centerpiece of this seminar.

  • Leading with Technology & Data
    EXL640 6 credit hours

    In today's world, data analytics is driving an increasing number of decisions and impacting complex business systems. The integration of technology in this decision-making process increases the potential for exposure of sensitive information and intellectual property. This seminar outlines the leadership perspective from which senior leaders must consider these data analyzing tools.

  • Researching Resources & Publishing Results
    EXL650 6 credit hours

    This seminar prepares senior leaders to conduct and communicate organizational research that analyzes strategic effectiveness and organizational results. This seminar prepares students for the Capstone seminar.

  • Capstone - Executive Leadership
    EXL660 6 credit hours

    This seminar compiles previous program learning and applies it to a specific organizational leadership challenge in the student’s organization. Students address a real-time leadership challenge, develop it into a case study, and present it at the Residency Conference.


The Master of Science in Executive Leadership program concludes with a residency at the historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. During this time you will have the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty, and program staff in both formal classroom and informal settings. Academic recognition ceremonies and commencement cap off the week, and family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Norwich covers the cost of all meals and accommodation on campus.


At a Glance

  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Minimum of 8 years of formal leadership experience


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Next Start Date

Monday, December 3, 2018

Application Deadline

Monday, November 5, 2018

Contact Admissions

Mon - Thurs: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST
Friday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST
Extended hours available by appointment


Call: 1-800-460-5597 ext. 3380 (U.S. and Canada)
Call: +1-647-722-6642 ext. 3380 (International)

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Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.

Tuition & Fees


Norwich provides a top-notch educational experience; we also work hard to help make it affordable. There are many ways to get financial aid and several strategies to help you finance your education. Norwich is committed to making this often-difficult process easier for you.

Tuition at a Glance

  • Credit Hours: 36
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $825

2018-19 Tuition and Fee Schedule - Master's Programs

Rate Per Credit Term Tuition Additional Expenses Total
$825 $4,950

Technology - $300/term
Library - $75/term
Graduation - $150/one-time


Careers & Outcomes

Career Opportunities for Master of Science in Executive Leadership Graduates

Our online executive leadership program is designed to fulfill your dedication to lifelong learning while fine-tuning your individual leadership style. Possible job titles for program graduates include:

Career Roles

  • Board of Trustees Member
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief of Police
  • Colonel
  • Executive Vice President
  • General
  • Governor
  • Lt. Colonel
  • Lt. Governor
  • Navy Captain
  • President
  • Senator

How Much Can You Earn with a Master of Science in Executive Leadership?

Employment for senior executives is projected to grow at a steady 6% from 2014 to 2024 ( However, employment growth will vary significantly across industries. According to, chief executive officers earn a median salary of $165,593 while the top 10% can earn as much as $320,000 per year.

The top 5 baseline skills for executive leadership professionals are communciation, organization, project management, planning, and writing abilities.*

*Burning Glass Labor/Insight, March 2015 - February 2016, nationwide data

Faculty & Staff

The online Master of Science in Executive Leadership program is staffed with both permanent faculty and adjunct faculty. Our experienced faculty, whom are located all over the country, are consultants, published authors, researchers, and leaders of private, public and government organizations, ready to mentor your studies and help you lead change in your organization.

We have an in-house instructional design team that work hand-in-hand with program faculty and staff to ensure an efficient and interactive online learning experience in each course.

Program Director

Rex Marks
Rex Marks, ABD

Rex Marks is the Program Director and a faculty member in Norwich’s Master of Science in Leadership and Master of Science in Executive Leadership programs. He specializes in leadership development and team building, problem-solving, project/fiscal management, emergency management, and organizational development. He has over 28 years’ experience as an accomplished and professional law enforcement leader. He earned his master’s degree in organizational leadership and a certificate in teaching and learning from Norwich University. He also holds an MPA with a concentration in disaster management from American Military University. He is currently completing his doctoral degree in public policy administration with a concentration in leadership, community sustainability, and terrorism with Walden University.

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Program Staff

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Jeremy Hodges, PhD
Academic Associate Program Director
Kelli Sutton-Bosley, MAH, MMH
Associate Program Director
Iphy Tanguay, MJA
Student Services Advisor

Featured Faculty



Our first graduates of the Master of Science in Executive Leadership are forthcoming. Below are graduates from our Master of Science in Leadership program, all of whom interacted with faculty and program staff from the executive leadership program.

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I chose Norwich because of its distinguished history, its credibility as a legitimate institution of higher learning, and because it had the programs of greatest interest to me.

Tammy Megow-Jones
Class of 2015
Master of Science in Leadership

I have much more clarity about who I am as a leader. I am able to set a positive example professionally from emotional intelligence to change management.

Larry Ingersoll
Class of 2013
Master of Science in Leadership

Self-awareness promotes growth in both areas, and I have a better understanding of my relationships, both personally and professionally as a result of my Norwich education. Harnessing emotional intelligence to improve communication is probably one of the biggest takeaways of the entire program.

Connie Davis
Class of 2014
Master of Science in Leadership

Frequently Asked Questions

Executive Leadership FAQs

Why should I earn a Master of Science in Leadership?

Norwich University’s Master of Science in Executive Leadership program provides an advanced level of leadership theory and application that address the specific challenges senior leaders regularly face. The program will focus on providing tools for success in delivering quality outcomes in students’ fast-paced work environment that address the unique challenges of their particular senior leadership role.

What courses can I take in the leadership program?

Students take six courses that cover a wide range of topics and focus on enhancing competency in leading the self, leading the other, leading organizations and leading in service.

How much will the program cost?
  • Cost per credit: $825
  • Term Tuition: $4,950
  • Technology fee: $300/term
  • Library fee: $75/term
  • Graduation fee: $150/one-time
  • Total tuition (6 terms): $32,100
How are leadership faculty members selected?

All executive leadership program faculty members have advanced degrees (most are terminal) and are subject matter experts in leadership. They must demonstrate a wide range of university/college-level teaching experience and a history of leadership in academia, the private sector or the public sector.

What are the eligibility requirements for applying to the program?
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution OR an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, or SpanTran.
  • At least eight years of formal leadership experience.
  • Neither the GRE nor GMAT is required to apply, but may be requested if an applicant's undergraduate GPA is below 2.75.
  • If English was not the language of degree study, proof of English language proficiency and a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test) on the TOEFL are required, unless otherwise noted in specific articulation agreements.
How long is the program?

The program's six courses (each six credits) take approximately 18 months to complete. Depending on when you start the program, you can expect your degree to be conferred in 18 to 24 months.